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ERIC Number: EJ1096045
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-4517
Heralding the Other: Sousa, Simulacra, and Settler Colonialism
Graham, Matthew C.
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v15 n2 p146-177 Mar 2016
This paper addresses the role of music and music education in the perpetuation of settler colonialism (a particular colonial configuration predicated on the expulsion of indigenous people and occupation of indigenous land) within the United States. Using Baudrillard's notion of simulacra, or "false truths," to look at racialized depictions in John Philip Sousa's 1910 suite, "Dwellers of the Western World," this article identifies both the historic and ongoing discursive functions of such representations in the maintenance of a specific set of social relations. Through such examination, we can engender conversations regarding music education's roll within settler colonial society and work towards redressing the resulting inequities of this societal structure. It is only through a resultant praxis that we can affect material change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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